Do you know what inspired today’s free printable?  The other day I sat in my apartment and thought about throwing a temper tantrum.  Yup.

I mean, a legit “cry and kick and refuse to participate in life” kind of tantrum.


Because my car needed new tires.

Don’t laugh! You know you’ve thought about throwing a temper tantrum too over silly things like that. Those unexpected expenses that just make you go, “Do I HAVE to?!”

They were old and worn and having trouble in the rain. They weren’t keeping air. Realistically it was the right thing to do. I know this. You know this.

And yet all I wanted to do was pout about it.

Hopefully some of you can relate. Spending your carefully saved, hard earned money, on things you don’t want to spend them on is no fun. I didn’t want to do it! It was no fair! I didn’t want new tires, I wanted to do fun things with my money!

Things get busy in life. Real world responsibilities pile up. You spend your days going to work, paying your bills, and taking care of your family. Sometimes it seems like it never ends.

And then something unexpected comes along and adds more to the pile. And you just want someone else to deal with it.

You start dreaming of this alternate world. One where you have so much money there’s not a care in the world. A dream where you have people that handle everything! No responsibilities, no work, no cooking, no cleaning. Just fun and play.

That’s just not real life though. Back in reality I had to step it up. I had to take care of myself, because that’s what adults do. I had to go to work every day and earn a paycheck. I had to clean my laundry so I didn’t stink. I had to buy groceries and cook dinner because people have to eat.

And I have to buy new tires so I can get around town and do all those things.

I had to be my own hero.

You can say that with a bit of bitterness in your voice. You have to be your own hero, because no one else is going to be your hero.

That can feel a little sad. A little depressing. “I’ve got no one to take care of me when things get tough? That sucks! That’s not what movies and books make life seem like.” That’s not how it’s suppose to be, you say.

But the tires still needed to be replaced. Somebody had to do it, so I did.

And can I tell you a secret? It kind of felt pretty good. Sure it stung to take time out of my day to hang out at the tire shop when I’d rather be 100 other places. And yeah it stung to write that check after moving a bunch of money out of savings. But I bit the bullet and did it.

And after the sting wore off, I felt pretty strong. I felt like I could take care of myself, and that’s pretty cool.

That’s the other side of being your own hero.

The side where you feel like a hero. The pride and strength that comes with the fact that you take care of things. You’re little superhero moment where you are strong and brave and nothing can stop you.

That’s the side I want to remember in the future. The next time something unexpected comes up and something gets added to my plate – I want to remember feeling like a superhero. Instead of throwing a fit (although if I’m being honest I might always do that) I feel strong and brave. I know that I’m my own hero and I will always save the day.

It inspired me to whip up this little design to share with you guys. Because I think we all have to be our own hero sometimes.

And it is a strange feeling. It can be a mixture of anxious thoughts, a little fear, and pride and strength. But let’s remember how it feels to be strong and brave.

Let’s remember how cool it is to be your own hero.

Download the PDF here.

This free printable features bold colors to promote that sense of strength and pride.  The quote is big and easy to read, so it can be easily printed and shared on any surface or site!

Here’s also the quote image so you can share on social media, save/screenshot the pic, and share let everyone know they can be their own hero too!

Free Printable: Be Your Own Hero

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